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Planning volunteer picked for vacant seat

  • Feb 2, 2008 at 12:00AM updated Jun 25, 2008 at 10:00AM

LANGLEY — One thousand people live in Langley and there are probably 1,000 opinions on what Langley should look like in the future. That was the view of G. Raymond McCullough, one of four candidates vying to fill a vacant seat on the Langley City Council. And a variety of viewpoints became clear as council members grilled council member wannabes for nearly two hours during a special council meeting Wednesday night.

Drain the swamp?

  • Feb 2, 2008 at 12:00AM updated Jun 25, 2008 at 10:00AM

LANGLEY — His official title may be “Facilities and Grounds Supervisor,” but Tom Fallon insists he’s simply “the maintenance guy.” And if the levy and bond proposal from the South Whidbey Parks & Recreation District is approved by voters on Feb. 19, Fallon will be the one most affected — the money raised will keep Fallon very, very busy. The supervisor will be the go-to guy in making sure essential improvements are made at South Whidbey Community Park and other district facilities.

Giant wave tilts Keystone ferry, damages ship

  • Feb 6, 2008 at 12:00AM updated Jun 25, 2008 at 10:00AM

It will take more than a deep breath for sisters Celina and Twyla Dill to stay calm when they board the Port Townsend ferry to visit their mother next weekend. The two students from Freeland, along with their father, Walter Dill, were aboard the Snohomish passenger ferry on Friday when an encounter with a violent wave pushed the vessel under water and gallons of seawater streamed into the cabin.

School district could be drinking its own water by summer

  • Feb 6, 2008 at 12:00AM updated Jun 25, 2008 at 9:59AM

LANGLEY — Water coolers with full boxes of conical paper cups line the hallways of South Whidbey High School and sit next to water fountains covered with plastic. For years now, the school district and parents have wondered why there was lead in the water and how long the students would have to drink bottled water.

High school faces drastic shortage of volunteer tutors

  • Feb 6, 2008 at 12:00AM updated Jun 25, 2008 at 9:59AM

LANGLEY — If Ann Johnson had her way, she would post “WANTED” posters throughout the South End. The usual suspects would understand algebraic equations, verbs or the periodic table of elements.

Management shift underway at Nichols

  • Feb 6, 2008 at 12:00AM updated Jun 25, 2008 at 9:59AM

FREELAND — Same name, new game. Officials involved in the sale of Nichols Brothers Boat Builders Inc. indicated this week that Matt and Bryan Nichols will continue to work at the Freeland shipyard but will no longer serve in the roles of company CEO and president.

Port kills condo plan

  • Feb 6, 2008 at 12:00AM updated Jun 25, 2008 at 9:59AM

FREELAND — Port commissioners said this week the master plan for rebuilding the Langley Marina is too much, too expensive, too tall and too big. The Port of South Whidbey has decided to eliminate multi-story buildings capped with condominiums from its development plan for the public property.

Caucuses expected to draw big crowds

  • Feb 9, 2008 at 12:00AM updated Jun 25, 2008 at 9:59AM

Ed Bennett has a spotless voting record that stretches back 58 years. But the Freeland man has never been to a political caucus. This weekend, he’ll go to his first. And for Washington voters — and the candidates for president — the state’s caucuses on Saturday mark the first time Washington will have a direct impact on the two people who will top the ticket come November.

Crime watch goes online

  • Feb 9, 2008 at 12:00AM updated Jun 25, 2008 at 9:59AM

FREELAND — As homes continue to be burglarized across the South End, residents along Bercot Road are jumpstarting the Neighborhood Watch program they launched almost 20 years ago.

Commissioner puts brakes on new regulations for Freeland

  • Feb 9, 2008 at 12:00AM updated Jun 25, 2008 at 9:59AM

McDowell says vote for cityhood should come first COUPEVILLE — Island County Commissioner Mac McDowell said this week the county shouldn’t be spending its time, resources and money on crafting new development rules while the future for Freeland is so uncertain.

Final resting place isn’t

  • Feb 9, 2008 at 12:00AM updated Jun 25, 2008 at 9:59AM

Angé Cooper of Clinton gets up each morning and walks out onto her beach near Possession Point. And she never is quite sure what she might find half-buried in the sand.

Clinton icon Jim Harwell dies

  • Feb 13, 2008 at 12:00AM updated Jun 25, 2008 at 9:59AM

Jim Harwell, 68, a beloved longtime South End resident and owner of Jim’s Hardware, passed away Sunday, Feb. 10 at home after a short bout with cancer. Harwell, who lived in Langley with his wife Mary, owned the store for the last 35 years and was considered an institution by friends and customers alike.

Propane tanker rolls over; closes Highway 525 and Freeland businesses

  • Feb 13, 2008 at 12:00AM updated Jun 25, 2008 at 9:58AM

FREELAND – A propane tank trailer flipped over in Freeland Friday afternoon, causing a shutdown of Highway 525 and the evacuation of people within a 1/3-mile circle.

OBAMA SWEEPS TO WIN

  • Feb 13, 2008 at 12:00AM updated Jun 25, 2008 at 9:58AM

The stairwell leading to the cafeteria at North Whidbey Middle School was packed with bodies. Hundreds of people swirled through the room, looking for a seat in a tuneless game of musical chairs.

Greenbank meth dealer gets maximum sentence

  • Feb 16, 2008 at 12:00AM updated Jun 25, 2008 at 9:58AM

A Greenbank meth dealer was sentenced to 12 years in jail Thursday. Mark Crow, 56, was arrested last year for selling drugs from a motor home parked in the middle of a neighborhood.

Caucus talk looked trivial at times

  • Feb 16, 2008 at 12:00AM updated Jun 25, 2008 at 9:58AM

Saturday’s Democratic caucus was our first experience with the U.S.’s shiny, streamlined political system. After fighting our way through throngs of milling voters to scribble one of two famous names on a piece of paper, we stayed to witness the rowdy and chaotic debate.

Shipyard looks to rebound by April

  • Feb 16, 2008 at 12:00AM updated Jun 25, 2008 at 9:58AM

FREELAND — Nichols Brothers Boat Builders Inc. expects to rehire more than a 100 employees by mid-April in the face of a full work load of construction projects. “By the end of March, we’re going to be up to 100 folks. By the middle to end of April, we’ll go up to 130 to 140, somewhere in there,” Nichols CEO Len York said Thursday as the shipyard launched its latest project, extensive repairs to a custom fishing boat.

Freeland’s new sewers could cost $15 million

  • Feb 16, 2008 at 12:00AM updated Jun 25, 2008 at 9:58AM

FREELAND — A new sewer system for Freeland will cost $15 million, according to a consultant’s memo prepared last week for the Freeland Water and Sewer District. Most of the money to pay for the project would come from Island County. The memo lists County Rural Sales Tax revenues as a source for $6 million of the money needed to build the sewer system. Other funding would come from a $1 million grant from the county and a $1 million Centennial Clean Water Fund grant from the state.

Wait until 2011 for changes, board advises

  • Feb 16, 2008 at 12:00AM updated Jun 25, 2008 at 9:58AM

LANGLEY — Recommendations from the Planning Advisory Board on what to do next about waterfront development could cost the city of Langley time and money. The Planning Advisory Board wrapped up an extensive six-month review of potential changes to Langley’s regulations on shoreline development. The review was requested by city council in September and covers seaside development and improvements to existing structures.

END OF THE LINE

  • Feb 16, 2008 at 12:00AM updated Jun 25, 2008 at 9:58AM

LANGLEY — Bus No. 3 has seen better days. With a busted transmission, a slight tilt from an under-inflated tire, some rust spots and 250,281 miles on the odometer, it has just about reached the end of its useful life.

Gov. Gregoire approves new ferries for Port Townsend–Keystone run

  • Feb 16, 2008 at 12:00AM updated Jun 25, 2008 at 9:58AM

Gov. Chris Gregoire approved the construction of three new 100-car ferries Thursday to replace the Steel Electrics that were pulled off the Keystone-Port Townsend run days before the Thanksgiving holiday.

Schools pass, parks split

  • Feb 20, 2008 at 12:00AM updated Jun 25, 2008 at 9:58AM

School measures pass, parks bond borderline.

Case file reveals details on Wallace-911 case

  • Feb 20, 2008 at 12:00AM updated Jun 25, 2008 at 9:57AM

While the final chapter has yet to be written, disturbing new details have come to light on the 911 call scandal that cost Island County deputy sheriff Jay Wallace his chance to become sheriff and, likely, his career in law enforcement.

Downtown owners blast board report

  • Feb 20, 2008 at 12:00AM updated Jun 25, 2008 at 9:57AM

LANGLEY — Some property owners on Langley’s waterfront say their property rights are being ignored in the ongoing discussion about shoreline development.

Benefit planned to assist Highland Games, Tartan Thistle owners

  • Feb 20, 2008 at 12:00AM updated Jun 25, 2008 at 9:57AM

A local singer is starting a benefit for organizers of the Whidbey Island Highland Games, who lost their inventory in a fire last year. On May 30, 2007, fire ripped through Angus and Maureen MacDonald’s business warehouse, destroying all of their Highland Games inventory. The fire was part of an unsolved string of suspicious fires that happened over nearly a month throughout the South End.

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